When taking the Eurostar to London you arrive in the beautiful St Pancras train station (designed in 1863). When leaving the train you walk under the impressive Barlow Shed arch, which was in its time the largest enclosed space in the world.
This wonderful setting has now for the sixth time been used for the Terrace Wires public sculpture series. Yesterday the world-renowned British artist Tracey Emin unveiled her 20 metre long neon-looking* work I Want My Time With You. These intimate pink words are in her own handwriting and welcome EU travelers to the UK, as a reaction to the recent Brexit news.
Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963, and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She has exhibited extensively internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Holland, Germany, Japan, Australia and America. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, becoming the second female artist to ever do so. That same year, Emin was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and a Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. In 2011 she became the Royal Academy’s Professor of Drawing and in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts.
Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous.